OHS grad Marcus Steindl wins award

Marcus Steindl, shown here during a gathering earlier this month to celebrate his first-semester 2019 graduation from Oregon High School, received his Travel Award commitment from Jennifer and Larry Jackson, representing the Ben Jackson Foundation. From left are Jennifer Jackson, Bethany Steindl, Tristan Steindl, Marcus Steindl, Jeremy Steindl and Larry Jackson.

Marcus Steindl, a first-semester 2019 Oregon High School graduate, is one of two recent area graduates presented earlier this month with a Travel Award from the Ben Jackson Foundation.

The foundation was created to recognize young people who enlist in the military and to provide them financial assistance to help them visit home during leave.

The foundation is named after 2016 New Glarus High School graduate Ben Jackson, an Air Force member, who was killed in an on-base accident in February 2018, just after returning from a trip home. Sean Mattmann, a New Glarus High School graduate, also received a Travel Award.

Steindl, who graduated from high school a semester early, leaves Jan. 28 for Marine Corps basic training at Camp Pendleton, Cal. Following graduation, he will enter training in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) within the military Intelligence occupational field “responsible for gathering, processing and disseminating sensitive information,” according to a news release from the Ben Jackson Foundation.

Oregon High School principal Jim Pliner said school officials are “proud” of Steindl and his accomplishments.

“He is a hardworking young man who is ready for the next phase of his life,” Pliner wrote to the Observer in an email. “He has never shied away from challenges, and we wish him well moving forward.”

Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.